Hi loves. To be completely honest and transparent with you guys, it’s taken me days, multiple drafts, and three moments of “let’s just scrap this and start over” before I actually got to this. These words. The right feel, and most importantly, something that is hopefully helpful, hopeful, or loving, just when you need it most.
The world hasn’t been in it’s best form lately. And if you know me in real life, neither have I. During the last few weeks, I’ve been rather sad, uninspired, unenthusiastic, and generally not quite myself. What was the cause? Seeing the news-awful, unfathomable things happening in my hometown, in other parts of the country, and across the globe.
And it all just gets more compressed when you turn on the tv, flip through your news feed, or talk to a friend about all the hurtful things people are doing to others. It hurts and it’s scary. Lately we’ve been consumed by fear and grief, and that hurts the most.
I’m afraid. I’ve always been afraid of a lot of things. Spiders. The basement when the lights are off. Caring too much. But since starting this blog, I’ve started to become scared for you guys. I don’t feel like it’s just me anymore. I’m scared that you’re hurting. I’m scared that you feel lonely. I’m scared that you feel helpless and small. And all I want to do is take that all away for even a moment.
The more you let yourself believe that you are small, worth less than you are, or are less deserving of love and happiness, the harder it gets to feel what you ARE. You are loved. You are important. You can be happy. You are worth more than you’ll ever know.
If you’ve been around here a while, you know that there are a few things I just don’t talk about or say on my site: politics, swearing, and anything hurtful to others. With that said, I’m going to approach my line for just a moment.
It’s okay to be afraid. What isn’t okay is standing by and doing nothing.
We’ve done that before, it hasn’t worked.
We have to do something. We need to make a more loving world. We need to try and stop all of this pain.
You are all brave, battered souls who are so deserving of love. Let yourself have it.
And with that, we end up here. My little corner of the internet. A place that I hope will always be somewhere you feel safe, and loved. I want to put a little good back into the world. It’s a small thing, but if it even offsets the bad stuff happening around me by the smallest measure, that’s a victory in my book. We may all be separated by miles and oceans, but each and every one of you can make a difference.
Let us try. Let us love. Let us be strong and courageous.
Let’s make something beautiful.